Art Education Update: May – June 2019
Welcome to 2019 although we are well into Term 2 now – we encourage you and your students to visit the gallery anytime, it can literally be your classroom while you are here!
In Term 1 we had local Year 11 English students composing poetry on the spot using exhibited artworks on exhibition that they had chosen for inspiration. So dance, drama, english, music, maths, history, visual art – any subjects can find a resonance and application here at the art gallery.
Check our exhibition program for any links to your classroom programs:
And remember we can always arrange for you and your students look at selected artworks that we may have in the MRAG Collection, just contact us in advance.
We have a wonderful range of exhibitions on right now continuing across Term 2 and into Term 3:
Casual Forces | Lucas Davidson | until 23 June 2019
The intersection of each mirrored box in Casual Forces allows multiple perspectives to occur simultaneously, creating fragmented and extended reflections that make it difficult to determine what the viewer is looking at.
Zoloft Nation (self portrait) David Griggs
2009 acrylic on canvas
David Griggs: Between Nature &Sin*| until 21 July 2019
David Griggs explores the darker undercurrents of human existence; drawing on political imagery, underground media, local histories and personal experience. He documents intimate chance moments and the deliberate actions of his friends, and strangers, within an unidentifiable Manila, capital of the Philippines.
*Please be advised that a number of works included in this exhibition contain graphic material, scenes of violence, nudity and/or course language. Viewer discretion is advised.
Click here for David Griggs : Between Nature & Sin Education Kit
My North | Cutler Footway | 25 May – 18 August
In 2003 and at the height of his career, Australian art critic and broadcaster, Bruce James, left Sydney and returned to his home town of Ayr in the Burdekin delta in Queensland and became the painter Cutler Footway.
Alongside the expansive landscapes of the artist’s home are works by Grace Cossington Smith and Margaret Preston – both major inspirations on Cutler’s painting.
Operation Art | 1 June – 11 August 2019
Operation Art is an exhibition of 50 selected artworks by K – Year 10 students from schools across New South Wales who have been invited to create uplifting works for other children. Accompanying these works are 6 other Operation Art artworks that are being donated to Maitland Hospital’s Paediatric Unit.
Come and see what children across NSW have created!
Charles Blackman from the MRAG Collection | until 18 August 2019
Charles Blackman is one of Australia’s iconic artists, forging a significant career from his very first solo exhibition in 1952. Many of the works in this exhibition are early drawings and quick studies which, like entries in a diary, track the story of Blackman’s personal and artistic life. A great introduction for your students to works on paper and paintings by this celebrated Australian artist!
Click here for the activity booklet
Stories from Wonnarua Country | artworks by students from 7 local schools
29 June – 13 October 2019
This exciting and dynamic exhibition consists of artworks created by students from 7 local Maitland schools over the last year about what it means to them to be living on Wonnarua Country today.
The student artists were led by their own school’s Junior Aboriginal Consultative Group through a series of workshops at school, Maitland Regional Art Gallery and special places on Wonnarua Country.
11am – 2pm Wednesday 3 July
Welcome to Stories from Wonnarua Country
Join the artists and their school communities in celebration of this exhibition…
Oscar Wilde’s The Nightingale & The Rose: Animating a Classic | Del Kathryn Barton |
27 July – 3 November 2019
Showcasing the hauntingly beautiful collaboration between acclaimed artist Del Kathryn Barton, celebrated director Brendan Fletcher and award-winning visual effects house Method Studios, this milestone exhibition traces the interpretation of Oscar Wilde’s 19th century classic through a sophisticated artistic lens.
A shining example of multidisciplinary partnerships across the creative arts, Oscar Wilde’s The Nightingale and the Rose has its genesis in a commission by ArtAnd Foundation (previously Art&Australia), who asked Del Kathryn Barton in 2010 to reimagine a timeless fairytale.
See links to Del Kathryn Barton student worksheet and Nightingale Activity Station ideas:
Claim the date | Our next opening is on Saturday 24 August from 3-5pm
This is an open and free celebratory event and a great opportunity for any of your students to hear directly from the artists on exhibition. These artists include:
Members of Maitland Society of Artists
School Workshops at MRAG
Here at MRAG we are keen to have you and your students visit the gallery to enjoy making and looking at artworks…with our dedicated children’s exhibition space, the Art Factory, always the site of engaging and challenging exhibitions designed for our younger audience with interactive artworks providing activity and excitement in the ground floor space, there is lots to see and do.
School Workshops: We can organise a 1 – 1.5 hour making/looking workshop with our trained MRAG Art Tutors devising interesting programs to suit your students in our gallery or workshop spaces.
The MRAG Collection can also be accessed for particular themes or areas of study relevant to your students by prior arrangement. Just get in touch with your particular requests!
FUN FRIDAYS AT MRAG
Fridays can be fun – finish the week with a workshop with a qualified MRAG Art Tutor that fits with your students anywhere from pre-school to Year 12 and beyond.
A minimal charge of $7.50 per student applies which includes the cost of materials.
ART TRAILS, SENSORY PACKS…
To enable access and engagement with all students we have available Discovery Bags, Sensory Packs, CodeBreaker Art Trails, just get in touch when you are in the gallery or get in touch via email